Bazaar day

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, September 21, 2009

21st September - Bazaar day

I breakfast late. No option because everybody was celebrating the end of Ramadan yesterday so not many are stirring early. Fine. Then to my favourite urban activity - exploring a bazaar. The bazaar in Osh is awesome. One of the biggest I've ever been to and I've been to some big ones. Monday is certainly bazaar day. It is packed. Women and men walk along the narrow alleyways between the stalls. People are dressed in a variety of clothing, traditional and modern. Some women wear veils. The further south I have come the more it is evident. I later learn that people come from as far away as Khorog in Tajikstan to shop here which means traversing the Pamir Highway by taxi to get here.

I start with the fruit and vegetable section on the south side and work my way through hardware, clothing, plumbing, DIY, engineering, motorparts, bicycles, tinsmith, ironworks, forges then back through electrical goods, TVs, baby cradles, herbs, spices, meat, nuts, dried fruit until finally I get back to fruit and vegetables. Each part has dozens of stalls. It is like a giant open aired competitive department store only much more fun and much more interesting.

I sit in the park and eat my fruit for lunch looking at a giant three storey yurt, the sort of thing you'd come across every day in the steppes! It houses a museum. Another grey Soviet monstrosity is close by, also on the must visit list in Osh. I'm satisfied with my morning in the bazaar and my purchase of a petrol can, well can, just in case I need to carry fuel supplies in Tajikstan.

The blog update is painfully slow but at 1 for 2 1/2 hours who am I to complain?

I think another curry is called for.

I return to the homestay and am invited to join the family for tea.
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